Install Windows Server and Exchange Server

Installing Exchange Overview

You will need to install Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange Server 2010 so you can configure, test, and troubleshoot while you learn on an actual mail server. You will need to install Windows Server and Exchange Server on a computer in your home lab.

By default the latest manifestation of Exchange Server, 2010 is 64 bit, although you can install 2007 in 32bit for a non-production test environment. Here are my recommendations of what could work for you in the lab or at home:

•  Server 2008 R2 and Exchange Server 2010 (64 bit)

•  Server 2008 and Exchange Server2007 (64 bit)

•  Server 2003 (64 bit) and Exchange Server 2007 (64bit)

•  Server 2003 (32 bit) and Exchange Server 2007 (32bit) – If you can only run 32 bit

 

Install Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange Server 2010

Install Windows Server 2008R2 and Exchange Server 2007/2010 in the Computer Networking Lab or at home so you can do hands-on projects and apply what you learn about Active Directory and Windows Server 2008. One of the difficulties in installing is figuring out which options will work together.

To successfully install Server 2008 and Exchange Server you will need the following things:

  1. Download ISO files for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange Server 2010 and document the server licenses, (You will do this through a Microsoft Imagine account. See below)
  2. Burn the ISO files to bootable discs
  3. Install Windows Server 2008 R2 to a computer/server
  4. Install Active Directory and DNS
  5. Promote the server to a Domain Controller (dcpromo) and Global Catalog Server
  6. Install the Microsoft IIS + World Wide Web Services role
  7. Install Exchange Server 2010

Author: Dan

Dan teaches computer networking and security classes at Central Oregon Community College.

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